The #adoptdontshop movement has become ubiquitous amongst the pet community. While the movement has good intentions, it’s important to promote responsible pet ownership, regardless of whether you adopt a dog from a rescue, humane society or breeder. This week and next, we’ve decided to focus on buying from a breeder versus adopting from a rescue. Hopefully this helps you decide which option is best for you and your family!
Purchasing your dog from a breeder can be very beneficial. Bringing home a puppy gives pet parents the opportunity to control their pets environment and properly train and socialize them. This can be very advantageous to many people, especially families with children. Meeting your puppy’s parents will provide a relatively accurate image of your new pets behavior and temperament. It’s important to note, however, that adopting a puppy or kitten is a lot of work and often requires more time and money than adopting an adult. It’s also important to find a reputable breeder; the Canadian Kennel Club is a fantastic resource to find recognized breeders.
If you’re choosing to purchase your puppy or kitten from a breeder, here are a few points to keep in mind: * The breeder will encourage you to visit their property and meet their dogs/ cats * They will put an emphasis on socializing puppies and kittens in a home environment with daily human interaction * They may request to see confirmation of vaccinations * They will request the puppy or kitten is returned to them if for you are unable to continue caring for them * They may question you about your prior knowledge and experience in caring for that animal or breed. * They will continue to support you throughout the duration of the animals life via phone or email. * They may have a list of requirements that they expect your family to meet so that they can be comfortable with the level of care their puppy will receive.
When choosing a breeder please be aware that not all breeders are equal and back yard breeders (i.e. breeders that breed irresponsibly) do not advertise themselves as such. There are things that should make you question whether the breeder you are talking to is a safe and reputable breeder: * The breeder will not allow you to meet the parents or siblings * All communication is via phone or email - visits are discouraged or not allowed * The breeder wants to meet you at a shopping mall or other similar location * The breeder puts pressure on you to decide right away * The breeder does not have any paperwork, health checks or vaccine/deworming information * You cannot find the breeder or the kennel online * The breeder does not ask you any questions about your family or other animals in the home * The dogs are kept in unsafe/unclean or unsanitary conditions
If you need help selecting a veterinarian for your new family friend, or have questions about how to properly care for them, speak with a veterinarian today to find the answers you’re looking for!